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Farmers markets to open throughout region
Farm fresh fruits and vegetables ready to be sold
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Red-skinned potatoes are for sale at the Hall County Farmer’s Market last year.

Original Hall County Farmers Market

When: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 5 to November 2015

Where: 734 E. Crescent Drive on the corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Interstate 985

More info: www.hallcountyfarmersmarket.org

Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square

When: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, May 29 to Oct. 2

Where: Downtown Square

More info: www.hallfarmers.org

Dahlonega Farmers Market

When: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 2 through Oct. 10

Where: Hancock Park, corner of North Park Street and Warwick Street

More info: dahlonegadda.org

Braselton Farmers Market

When: 4-7 p.m. Fridays, June 5 to Oct. 16

Where: Harrison Street between Davis and Frances

More info: www.downtownbraselton.com

Jefferson Farmers Market

When: 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, June 6 to Sept. 26

Where: Downtown on the South Square

More info: www.cityofjeffersonga.com

Flowery Branch Farmers Market

When: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, May 7 through Oct. 29

Where: 5305 Railroad Ave.

More info: flowerybranchga.org

Clarkesville Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, May through October

Where: Old Clarkesville Mill, 583 Grant St.

More info: www.clarkesvillefarmersmarket.com

As the weather warms up, fruits and vegetables poke out of the ground, pop off the vine and burst out of the bushes, which leads to the reopening of farmers markets across the Northeast Georgia territory.

Opening this weekend will be the farmers markets in downtown Dahlonega and Clarkesville. Both are open Saturdays from May to October but different start times. Dahlonega opens at 8 a.m. while Clarkesville opens one hour later. Both close at noon.

Dahlonega’s Farmers Market is also open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays on the corner of North Park and Warwick streets.

The original Hall County Farmers Market off Jesse Jewell Parkway near Interstate 985 follows suit by opening Tuesday, May 5. Last year, the farmers market choose to switch its Tuesday morning hours to 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. to allow more people access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. The market’s Saturday hours will remain the same from 7 a.m. to noon, starting May 9.

New this year is a free produce giveaway every week June through September, according the farmers market website. Each time visitors attend the market, they may enter to win $20 of produce.

“You don’t have to be present to win. We will call you,” the website said.

Flowery Branch is next in line to open its farmers market with a May 7 start date. Following them will be the Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square with an opening date of May 29. Closing out the bunch will be Braselton’s on June 5 and Jefferson’s one day later.

One change to the Jefferson Farmers Market is the hours. Last year, it opened at 7 a.m.

“We didn’t have a lot of traffic,” Jefferson Main Street Manager Beth Laughinghouse said.

Therefore, the farmers, crafters and organizers agreed to push back the start time by one hour. It will open from 8-11 a.m.

“We are going to see how that works,” Laughinghouse said.

The only farmer’s market not schedule to open this year is in Clermont. Two vendors retired this year while three others opted out for various reasons, an official said. However, organizers plan to recruit new vendors and reopen in 2016.

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